View Full Version : Lobbyists sue Obama administration

02-16-2012, 12:59 AM
link (http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/210439-lobbyists-sue-obama-after-being-booted-from-boards)

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By Rachel Leven and Kevin Bogardus - 02/14/12 05:30 AM ET

Lobbyists who were booted from federal advisory committees by the Obama administration are suing the government to reverse the ban on their service.

In a 16-page complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, six lobbyists argue the administration’s ban against lobbyists on advisory committees violates the First Amendment.

The White House announced the policy to ban lobbyists from advisory committees in a September 2009 blog post by Norm Eisen, who was then serving as the White House ethics czar.

“The president made a commitment to the American people to reduce the influence of lobbyists in Washington out of a belief that lobbyists have too often in the past achieved disproportionate impact on government decisionmakers at the expense of broader voices from the public at large,” Eisen wrote. “If we are going to change the way business is done in Washington, we need to make sure we are not simply continuing the practices of the past.”

Since his 2008 campaign, Obama has often positioned himself against K Street. He has banned lobbyists from contributing to or fundraising for his presidential campaigns and prohibited them from serving in his administration.

The White House did, however, institute a waiver process that allowed several lobbyists to join the administration. </div></div>

Geez, several lobbyists still with influence. Just wait till Willard gets into the WH. He will really be much more severe.....right?

Not so much....

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Mitt Romney is the lobbyists' candidate

When you think of Mitt Romney, you probably think of a tall, robotic fellow with no discernible strong beliefs or stances (at least, none that can survive longer than a week at a time). That's terribly unfair, and you should be ashamed for thinking it. He may have started out as an empty husk devoid of strong personal beliefs, but thanks to a crack team of industry insiders, he now is quite filled with opinions. Coincidentally, they happen to be the opinions of an army of top lobbyists in Washington, and the companies they lobby for. Funny how that works.

<span style="color: #3333FF">[Mitt Romney's] kitchen cabinet includes some of the most prominent Republican lobbyists in Washington, including Charles R. Black Jr., the chairman of Prime Policy Group and a lobbyist for Walmart and AT&T; Wayne L. Berman, who is chairman of Ogilvy Government Relations and represents Pfizer, the drug manufacturer; and Vin Weber, the managing partner for Clark & Weinstock. [...]

Other lobbyists serve on one of Mr. Romney’s policy advisory teams, have hosted fund-raisers for his campaign or have joined the many influential Republicans whose endorsements Mr. Romney’s campaign has hailed.</span>

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Want to know what Mitt Romney's true policies are? Well, you should have attended Mitt Romney's $10,000-and-up policy round table, <u>where industry lobbyists led "discussions" on what his policies towards those industries should be:</u></span>

<span style="color: #3333FF">Mr. Romney’s campaign held an elaborate “policy round table” fund-raiser at a Washington hotel, featuring panel discussions run by lobbyists and former cabinet officials or members of Congress.

James Talent, a former senator who runs the lobbying and public affairs firm Mercury Public Affairs, led a panel on infrastructure, according to an invitation. William Hansen, a former deputy secretary of education who is president of the lobbying firm Chartwell Education Group, led the education panel.</span>

Wow. I can't imagine why anyone would be cynical about American politics these days, can you?

The entertaining thing about this story is just how many large companies are represented. Among those specifically mentioned (and kudos to the three reporters for linking the lobbyists with actual clients, which is rather important information for readers) are Walmart, AT&T, Pfizer (drugs), Microsoft, Altria (tobacco), General Dynamics, Dominion (power), Barclays (finance), Allegheny (steel) and Peabody Energy (coal). <span style='font-size: 14pt'>Lobbyists are cutting the checks; lobbyists are bundling other people's checks; lobbyists are holding the panel discussions about how the candidate can best serve the specific industries they represent; lobbyists make up the inner circle of "policy makers," advising the candidate as to what his own core positions should be.</span>

<u>As for the candidate himself, he's almost irrelevant at this point. You might as well nominate a bunny named Mr. Buttons: If you surround it with the exact same lobbyist-advisors, you'll end up with the exact same policies.</u> Sigh, if only we could teach that bunny to hold a pen—but for now we'll have to settle for our current crop of Republican candidates, <span style='font-size: 14pt'>all of whom have near-identical policy prescriptions, all of which favor the exact same subset of people and the exact same handful of industries. Go figure.</span> </div></div> link (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/15/1064491/-Mitt-Romney-is-the-lobbyists-candidate)


02-16-2012, 05:38 AM
SO if I have you right ... it's Romney's fault that Obama is a liar?

02-16-2012, 09:04 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The president made a commitment to the American people to reduce the influence of lobbyists in Washington </div></div>Was this before or after he took all that Wall St money?